Carrie Dummer

Associate Professor of Chemistry Instruction
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Carrie Dummer has been blessed to be at Hope since 2005. Carrie serves in several capacities, including teaching General Chemistry labs, Chemistry and Physics for Elementary Education majors and Secondary Science Methods. She also supervises secondary math/science student teachers.

Carrie has been in science education since 1996, earning her degrees from the University of Notre Dame and the University of Michigan. (There's no conflict during football season: Go Irish! Always.) She taught all levels of high school chemistry for six years, including AP, before starting a family.

She is actively involved in the Michigan Science Teachers Association and she also belongs to the National Science Teachers Association and ASCD.

At Hope, Carrie enjoys collaborating on several projects and research dealing with science education, particularly through the HHMI and Day1 programs. Carrie has a great passion for high-quality science education and  enjoys guiding and teaching elementary and secondary education majors through their science requirements, methods and field experiences.

AREAS OF expertise

Carrie specializes in a strong knowledge base about all areas of K–12 science education. She also has expertise in the Chemistry and Physics Curriculum Development Course and leading professional development assessment for pre-service and in-service teachers.


  •  M.A. secondary education, University of Michigan, 1996
  • B.S., biochemistry, cum laude, University of Notre Dame, 1994

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Carrie and her husband, Joe, met at Notre Dame and married in 1996. He teaches history and English for Holland Public Schools. They have three busy boys, Thomas, Sean, and Michael, and most of their evenings during the school year are spent driving around Holland to attend various sporting and extracurricular events. The Dummer’s also have a rescue dog named Louie who "fits right in" to the noise and chaos of a home with three boys.

In her spare time, Carrie enjoys cheering on her boys, keeping the family and home running smoothly, going for quiet walks around the Holland lakeshore area, spending time with friends and family and going to Pilates. As a family, the Dummer’s love to travel and have enjoyed trips to Alaska and Montana in recent years. She and her family have more adventures planned for the future.

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Carrie Dummer

Phone Number616.395.7053

A. Paul Schaap Science Center 2063 35 East 12th Street Holland, MI 49423-3617
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